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Doctor Who provides a satisfying conclusion to the previous installment's cliffhanger with "Before the Flood," a playful and exciting episode.
A two-parter where both episodes are equally good and even feel like they belong together.
It's a joy to watch, even when what just happened remains a bit of a head-scratcher, as it does in the very satisfying "Before the Flood."
It's not too often that we get to see the Doctor peer at himself from around the corner (mercifully - it would get tired quickly), which invoked the warm familiarity of the sci-fi of yesteryear.
The fact that [Cass] is a character with a disability played by an actress with that same disability is so important.
The best episode of season 9 so far and one of the best of Capaldi's run.
All in all, this was a creepy, scary two-parter that gained a lot of energy from the Doctor's palpable feeling of desperation.
"Before the Flood" should be commended for being willing to toy with certain ideas, and for exposing a confounding truth involving its protagonists that might afford the season an interesting avenue to explore.
The willingness of "Before the Flood" to play with the fourth wall and Peter Capaldi's performance in those scenes really brought the whole -- already good -- package together.
It feels like the show is setting up a more permanent end for Clara than previous companions-which probably should have me concerned-but for now I'm mostly just pleased that she took action in the Doctor's absence.
All in all, tonight was a fun episode that gave us one of the more visually elaborate - and frightening - monsters in while: the Fisher King.
Such a gimmick shouldn't work once, let alone twice, and yet here I found myself jumping around in my chair, punching the air with even more enthusiasm than last year.
That moment, as people say on the internet, when an episode of Doctor Who strays so far into the weird that it becomes a classic, somehow despite itself.